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Finding Friendship With Furry Pals


By Jonathan Higuera

For many people, a pet may be the companion that helps them stay active and alert as they age. AARP Arizona recognizes this and is working with the Arizona Humane Society (AHS) to help Phoenix residents take care of their pets through affordable vaccinations, spay and neutering services, and microchipping.

“There are physical, mental and emotional advantages to owning a pet,” said AHS spokeswoman Bretta Nelson. “It becomes even more beneficial later in life.”

The collaboration kicks off March 29, when AARP Arizona will help sponsor the annual AHS “Compassion with Fashion” luncheon and fashion show at the Phoenician resort, 6000 E. Camelback Road, in Scottsdale.

Adoptable animals will parade down a runway, while a silent auction will help raise funds for AHS programs. For details, go to or call AHS at 602-997-7585, ext. 1014.

“We want our members to know that we support the Humane Society and all the wonderful programs they have for older pet owners,” said AARP Arizona spokeswoman Cynthia Fagyas.

Among the services offered by AHS is an alternative placement program, which can give pet owners confidence that their furry friends will be taken care of no matter what circumstances unfold.
Jonathan Higuera is a writer living in Phoenix, Ariz.

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